french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1st rating of 2009! Very dark brown poor with a thick frothy head that quickly dissipated. Aromas of chocolate, hints of coffee, sea salt?... Very very faint fruity aromas... Medium body, creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Added licorice flavors. Overall a nice smooth dry stout to start the year off on the right foot. Here’s to many more ratings in 2009! Cheers!
pootzboy (1659) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
half liter bottle. Says this is a stout suitable for quaffing with oyster, so ic contains no oyster or oyster shell. Seems pointless when there are plently of dry stouts around to enjoy with oysters.
Pours a deep dark ebony with small ruby highlights when held to light. Decent 2 finger mocha cap does not last long and weakly laces the glass.
Very faint nose for a stout, some coffee a bit of charred husk and light grassiness.
Mild easy to take stout with a toasty body and good balance between malts and hop. Dry but not aggressively bitter.
Definitely a good swig with affinity to wash down shellfish. I suspect the toasty character and what little body this stout has, comes from the toasted flaked wheat they bulk up the body with, without that this would be more like a porter in body.
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A bottle from local K-Market. Pale brown head. Roasted malty taste. Dark black colour. Hints of coffee and chocolate in the taste. Soft taste.
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - DEC 21, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with a quickly diminishing tan head. The aroma is lightly fruity, with notes of sea water, strange. The flavour has weak game for a stout, sort of fruity, really not roastiness to be had in this beverage. Mouth feel is watery. It is kind of refreshing though, it gets point for drinkability.
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml Bottle - Pours black, small ruby red edge around the bottom of the glass, and a bubbly and thick tan head that clung to the sides. Aroma is caramel and roasted malts with black licorice. The first taste is the licorice, quickly paving the way to roasted coffee beans and only the slightest hint of what seem to be citrus, lemony hops. Unfortunately, it is all a bit watery and light in the mouth, leaving behind what probably should be a much better stout based on some of the great subtleties it contains. Not bad.
mullet2007 (209) - St. Johns, Newfoundland, CANADA - DEC 21, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a very thick completely opaque brown with a very thin tan head. Nose is slightly fruity, but mostly sweet malts. Flavour has plenty of the same. Lots of bitter dark malts, it does not seem like hop kind of bitterness, though there may be a hint of it there. Finish is oddly metallic, and not all that pleasant. Carbonation is maybe a bit sharp for a stout, but not too bad. It does not feel watery, but it also does not quite feel as creamy as a stout might be.
TheJester (2218) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500 mL bottle. (bb 06 Nov 09). Almost black with a medium-small brown head that quickly fades to a thick ring. Some mild roast in the aroma, along with a little licorice and sweet malt. Flavour is lacking in both complexity and subtlety; sweet malt with a touch of roast bitterness. Bitter and slightly metallic finish. Thin. Not much better than Guinness.
JesseM (1155) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500mL bottle from the LCBO. Pours a lightish colour for a stout, dark, dark amber ruby. Small tan head. Aroma is very fruity and estery, not much roast, not much bitterness. Sweetness. Flavour is odd, not like any other stout I have had. Very smooth and mellow, fruity, watery, with strangely noticeable alcohol presence considering the highly moderate ABV. Some sour tang in the aftertaste, but nothing that would suggest infection. Also, a huge hint of something ocean like, hmm, OYSTERS! Okay not really. Though it would add a pretty interesting element to this brew. I do understand the history behind the name, I am just trying to be funny. Not really sure what to make of this one. It seems like the illegitimate child of a stout and a mild ale. Very, very mild, drinkable. A good one to quaff in between snow shoveling sessions in this Canadian winter storm. Dark? Mildly. Rich? No. Smooth? Almost excessively.
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle - pours deep, deep brown with some faint ruby highlights at the bottom and edges and a small tan head. Some prune and fig in the aroma - more sweet dark fruit than roast, along with an anise and slightly salty quality. Flavour is good, but not exceptional - black licorice, dry mineral quality and a hit of salt at the end. Not terribly complex, but drinkable enough.
larsga (6816) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 10, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Big darkish brown head. Nearly opaque black body. Light fruity dried plum aroma. Dry-sweetish fruity died plum taste with perfumy wooden notes. Mid-bodied. Dry wooden aftertaste with a faint burnt sooty tinge to it and faint chocolatey notes. Faint acidity. Overall surprisingly neutral. Smooth and boring. [0.5l bottle, Lørenskog Brus Shop, Oslo.]